Ford recalls nearly 1.4M cars, says steering wheels can detach

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Ford issues safety recalls on certain Fusion, Lincoln MKZ models

Ford has recalled 1.4 million vehicles over steering issues. FBN’s Nicole Petallides with more.

Ford announced on Wednesday that it is recalling nearly 1.4 million midsize cars in North America because their steering wheels can detach and drivers could lose control.

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The recall affects certain Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ car models from 2014 through 2018.

Ford said steering wheel bolts can loosen over time and acknowledged two crashes and one injury. A majority of the cars being recalled are in the U.S., with fewer than a 100,000 cars being recalled in Canada and Mexico.

Ford said dealers will replace the bolts with longer ones “with more robust thread engagement and larger nylon patch placed properly for proper torque retention— at no cost to customers.”

Affected vehicles include:

  • 2014-17 Ford Fusion vehicles built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, Aug. 6, 2013 to Feb. 29, 2016
  • 2014-18 Ford Fusion vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant, July 25, 2013 to March 5, 2018
  • 2014-18 Lincoln MKZ vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant, July 25, 2013 to March 5, 2018